These rice balls are from her new cookbook (not yet for sale), which I served with leftover sauce from the Eggplant Lasagna Tart. You can really make them any size you desire, ours were roughly one and a half tablespoons each and I made 12 balls from 3 cups of cooked risotto. But when it comes to the meatballs, there are several ways you can cook those. I dipped the rice balls in flour then egg and finally rolled them in breadcrumbs. My first taste of authentic arancini, or Italian rice balls, was at Stuzzi Ristorante, a tiny restaurant in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood and just steps from where I attended culinary school. Also, the original recipe was for frying. While Arancini are traditionally deep fried, I decided to go a healthier route and bake these at a high temperature instead of frying them. And play around with the cheeses – smoked cheese just happens to be one of my favorites. Mix ground meat with all the other ingredients, brown them on the stovetop, and bake with the rice. How to Make Baked Risotto Balls. Three ways of making meatballs and rice. When it comes to the rice layer nothing changes. Baked Rice Balls (adapted from Giada De Laurentis) The original recipe was to use up leftover risotto. Feel free to use that as the rice base, omitting all of the seasoning. You have rice, onions, garlic, butter, spices, and some broth. Make the most of leftover rice with this easy recipe for Arancini (Rice Balls) stuffed with mozzarella and served with warm marinara sauce. I have made baked arancini with a range of breadcrumbs.